WPR News
8:37 am
Wed January 11, 2006

Glitch In Small School Model

Casper, Wy – A state consultant says a glitch in the
state's school-funding formula would cause some of Wyoming's small
school districts to be shortchanged.
Despite a proposed 140-(M)-million-dollar increase in school
funding statewide, districts with combined junior and senior high
schools would get less money under the formula.
That's because the formula counts such schools as staffed
together rather than separately.
Allan Odden is a consultant with Picus and Associates, which
developed the funding formula. He says the formula should be
changed to recognize combined junior and senior high schools as two
schools.
State lawmakers say they plan to correct the problem.